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Edmund Stone

Edmund Stone
Edmund Stone

Mr Edmund Stone was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1879 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year.

He was the son of William Stone (1845-1909) and Agnes Mary Jane Stone(1) (1844-1929). His father was from Hordle, Hampshire and his mother from Wimborne, Dorset and they were married in London in late 1868.

Edmund had eight siblings, two of who died in early childhood: Agnes Mary (b. 1870)(2), William (b. 1872), John (b. 1873), George Henry (1875-1876), James (b. 1876), Albert Charles (b. 1881), Joseph Medway (b. 1883) and Frank Albone Vatter (1885-1888).

William first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family were living at 7 Brintons Terrace, Southampton and his father was described as a railway porter. On the 1891 census the family were living at 85 Morland Place. Edmund was absent from the 1901 census but his parents and youngest sibling were resident at 125 Bar Street, All Saints, Southampton, his father then listed as a railway inspector.

Edmund was married in Winchester, Hampshire in late-1908 to Elizabeth Agnes Seeley, née Goater (b. 20 December 1880 ). Elizabeth hailed from Micheldever, Hampshire and was the daughter of farm labourer Charles Goater and Sarah, née Sherman and had first been married in 1900 to Surrey-born gardener George Seeley (b. 1844). No children came from that union and George Seeley died in 1907.

Edmund and Elizabeth would have one child together, a daughter named Gertrude May, who was born on 6 May 1910.

On the 1911 census, Edmund and his small family were shown as residing at 62 Sussex Terrace, Winchester, Hampshire and he was described as a mariner.

When Edmund signed on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 he gave his address as 105 St Andrews Road, Southampton, and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a bedroom steward, he could expect to earn monthly wages of £3, 15s.

One of the only known mentions of Edmund Stone aboard the ship was by surviving steward Henry Etches. Etches stated that his fellow (unidentified) steward was to relieve Edmund Stone at midnight, both men overseeing first-class cabins on E-deck. Etches had just completed dressing and was leaving his quarters on his way up top when Stone, who was just coming off his watch, brushed past him. Etches asked Stone the time but Stone dismissed the question and said "Never mind about that; there is something else for you to do. I saw them pull up bags of mail, and the water running out of the bottom of them." Etches makes no further mention of Stone.

Edmund Stone was lost in the sinking; his body (#41) was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett but was buried at sea on 21 April 1912. His wife was notified of this:

"..... Advise you that the body of your husband has been identified and buried at sea, the condition of the body unfortunately not permitting its removal to Halifax for burial."  

Edmund is remembered on his parents' headstone in the Old Cemetery, Southampton.

His widow Elizabeth was remarried in 1917 to Walpole Ethelbert Kent Gale (b. 20 July 1873), a cycle maker; with him, she had three more children: Harry, Eva and Albert. She lived for the rest of her life at 29 Gordon Avenue in Winchester; widowed for the third time in 1960, Elizabeth died in Netley, Hampshire on 29 March 1961 aged 80.

Edmund's daughter Gertrude was married in 1934 to James Bryan (1904-1987) and raised a family. She died in Berkshire in December 1995. 

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Several of Edmund's possessions, including a set of keys for Titanic's first-class cabins E1-E42, a pencil, a steward's receipt, a letter to his wife and his watch--with its hands frozen at 2.16 am--were returned to his family. These possessions, including the canvas bag that they were contained in for return to his widow, were auctioned in 2008 and raised £235,000. His two grandsons Ian and James Bryan attempted to purchase the items but they were massively outbid. 


  1. His mother's maiden name was also Stone
  2. Later Mrs Frederick Richard Hill; b. 6 March 1870; died in London on 23 January 1949.

References and Sources

White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
The Telegraph, April 11, 2009
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Edmund Stone
Age: 33 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Elizabeth Agnes Seeley, née Goater
Last Residence: at 105 St Andrews Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Oceanic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 41)
Buried at Sea on Sunday 21st April 1912

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